Help Handmark reach their target in funding local vital cancer research

Sunday, 10 November 2019 - 2:29pm

Help Handmark reach their target in funding local vital cancer research !

We would love to introduce you to Director of Handmark, Allanah Dopson. Allanah is an enduring and valuable supporter of the Royal Hobart Hospital Research Foundation who is dedicated to helping us achieve our ultimate mission of better health for Tasmanians.

Allanah and her small but passionate team at Handmark galleries in Hobart and Evandale want to help make a difference that will impact the future of generations to come.  In striving toward this goal, Allanah also has the support of an array of extremely talented Tasmanian artists and, hopefully after reading this, even more members of the wider Tasmanian community!

Like many of us, Allanah has a personal story that motivates her determination to fund much needed medical research. 

“My father and 13-year-old son both died of cancer, so knowing that there is ongoing research working towards finding out more about this insidious condition and some of the genetic linkages behind this means everything in the world to me. “

“I recently met with RHHRF CEO Heather Francis and heard about the amazing work that is being done in medical research here in Hobart.  I was totally inspired to become more involved.”

Allanah said that while her contribution may seem like ‘a drop in the ocean’ she really wants to make a difference and show her support for the vital research that is happening in right here in Tasmania.  Heather highlighted how important it is to fund local research projects, recognising that injections of funding into Project Grants of $25,000 can yield enormous benefit by developing fundamental evidence, attracting further funding, and also helping to attract highly skilled researchers into our community, building local capacity even further.

Through the activities of Allanah and her Handmark  team, the aim is to support a Project Grant in 2020, headed up by Professor Joanne Dickinson. The intent is to build deeper understanding around the genetics that lead to cancer and its progression, delivering more detailed knowledge which is vitally important for our local community and, of course, far beyond.

Joanne is Leader of the Cancer Genetics Group at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research within the University of Tasmania’s College of Health and Medicine.  As a true Tasmanian, Joanne is passionate about what can be done to address the health issues faced by many across our community.

“Support from our community enables us to initiate new and exciting research projects which provide vital opportunities for our bright young minds to be trained and continue to work in the field of medical research, addressing areas of medical need relevant to Tasmania and  producing the medical breakthroughs for tomorrow.

“Cancers that have spread to distant sites in the body contribute to the vast majority of cancer-associated deaths. Research into finding new ways to better treat these cancers is a focus of our work.  In Tasmania, statistics show that the all cancer incidence is slightly higher than the Australian rate. The data also show that the mortality rate (number of individuals dying as a result of cancer) is significantly higher, and therefore this is an important health issue for Tasmanians,” Professor Dickinson said.

As a key part of their push toward raising $25,000, the team at Handmark will donate a framed print of the winner’s choice (that will be a hard choice!) by Mandy Renard as a raffle prize, valued up to $3,000.  Tickets in this raffle can be purchased for just $20, but you will need to act fast!

The winner will be drawn on Friday 15 November during the opening of the 'Affordable Art Exhibition' at Handmark Salamanca which begins at 6.00pm.  RHHRF CEO Heather Francis will open the event and will acknowledge the enormous generosity of Handmark in gifting 10% of all proceeds from sales through this exhibition to local medical research!  We hope you can join us on the evening, but note that the winning ticket holder does not need to be in the room - hop online to buy now!